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Gallagher Named Co-Coach of the Year to Highlight Five America East All-Conference Honorees

Posted 03/01/2018
Category: Accolades

Boston – Five members of the University of Hartford men's basketball team were named America East All-Conference, the organization announced on Wednesday. Head coach John Gallagher highlighted the list of honorees, earning America East co-Coach of the Year honors.

Leading the Hawks to a Division I program-record 18 regular-season victories, Gallagher shared co-Coach of the Year honors with John Becker, head coach of America East Regular-Season Champion Vermont. Gallagher becomes the second Hartford coach in program history to earn the award, joining Larry Harrison (2005-06).

In America East action, Gallagher piloted Hartford to more wins this season (11) than in its previous two years combined (9) as the Hawks finished 11-5 and posted their third-best winning percentage (.688) in program history. Hartford was picked to finish eighth prior to the start of the year in the America East Preseason Coaches' Poll. In addition to Gallagher, redshirt-junior John Carroll was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team, juniors Jason Dunne and J.R. Lynch were selected to the America East All-Conference Third Team and senior Hassan Attia earned a spot on the America East All-Defensive Team.

The five honorees mark the most All-Conference selections in program history.

It was a big week for Carroll, who also earned America East Player of the Week honors on Monday. He scored in double figures in all but two conference games and finished the regular season ranked No. 15 in scoring (13.3 points per game), while leading the team — and finishing sixth in the conference — with 6.7 rebounds per game. Totaling 15 blocks in conference play, Carroll ranked No. 8 in the America East, while he also finishing among the leaders in free-throw percentage and assists per game.

Dunne made it rain from behind the arc for the Hawks. He led the conference throughout the entire season with 88 three-pointers, 10 more than the second-place finisher and good enough to rank No. 33 in the nation. During conference play, his 45 threes led the league, as did his .352 three-point percentage. He currently sits fifth in career threes in the Hawks' record book. Additionally, Dunne finished among America East leaders in points (11th), steals (7th), assists (10th) and minutes (3rd).

Averaging career highs in nearly every statistic, Lynch sits among the leaders in six conference categories, ranking No. 2 in free-throw percentage (.891), No. 2 in steals per game (1.9), No. 4 in assists per game (3.8), No. 9 in scoring (14.1) and No. 9 in field goal percentage (.452). He scored in double figures in all but two conference games this year, while his team-leading 115 assists places him ninth on the all-time single season assist leaderboard.

Attia became the first Hartford player to earn All-Defensive Team honors since Corban Wroe, in 2015. Pulling down 3.9 boards per game in America East action, Attia finished the conference slate as the league's leader in blocks, averaging 1.6 per game. In two years at Hartford, Attia has compiled 117 career blocks, the third-most in program lore behind Larry Griffiths (122) and Vin Baker (279).

The third-seeded Hawks will host an America East playoff game for the first time in program history, as they welcome No. 6 New Hampshire to Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion on Saturday, March 3, for the conference quarterfinals. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 860-768-HAWK or by clicking here.